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2013 and 2014

2013 came to an end and now is time to look back on what was done, and set objectives for the new year.

2013 was a bad year for my writing. I had intended, as you all know, to publish “Angel Gabriel – Blood Bound“, and I never managed to do that in english. To my shame!
For that I can only apologize.

So, in 2014, my main objective is to finish “Angel Gabriel – Blood Bound” and publish it, both in ebook and book format. And this, I hope, will come very soon. I’m aiming for the first trimester, but make no promisses on that date.

Another thing I hope to do during 2014 is translate at least two stories of “Heroine”, a fantasy satire I’m publishing in portuguese.

This might not sound like much, but I hope to make even more.

And what about you? What are your objectives for 2014?

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Magic in AG-BB

After telling you a bit about the Vampires, it’s now time to mention the Magic which fills the many pages of “Angel Gabriel – Blood Bound”. For without magic, this story’s world would not be complete.

magicBefore the Sekhmets were created, magic didn’t exist, or should we say it had been long forgotten. It was only after the vampires started to spread, that the first Sorcerers appeared, who were no more than Humans with an aptitude for the use of Magic.

Magic, in order to be efficient, requires the Human/Sorcerer to know how to manipulate his/hers Astral Essence, and know the words of the Scriptura ab Magia.
The Astral Essence is a sort of coloured and shiny aura which surrounds the body of sorcerers when they invoke spells.
There are five known types of Astral Essence:
– Defensive (green);magia - ScripturaAbMagia
– Offensive (blue);
– Combatant (greenish blue);
– Healing (white);
– Communicational (yellow);
Red coloured magic was recently discovered,  and although its true purpose is yet unknown, it seems to have the same characteristics as the Combatant type.

magia - maldicoesThe Scriptura ab Magia, which can be translated to The Book of Magic, is a sort of sorcery manual and it dates from A.D. 3, which was, only much later spread across the world by the survivors of the first wave of vampires (January 1st, 2010).

Spells are enchantments pronounced in Latin, conjured through the use of key-words from the Sciptura ab Magia, and the invokers’s Astral Essence. Its primary use is on Vampires, although occasionally it falls on humans as well. It can only be conjured by humans.magia - class C
Within the Spells we have the Curses, which are a sort of long-term spells, with reactive capabilities. The cursed ones are easily identified because somewhere in their bodies will be an inscription (in burned skin) which will indicate the level of magic used, according to the number of half-moons it draws.
Example: The image on the left represents a Level 4 source, for it has 4 solitary half-moons.

Spells are divided in Levels that go from 1(most basic) to 6 (most powerful). However, any sorcerer which uses Level 6 spells, has a limit of magia - class B10 to use. Should he/she try to conjure up the eleventh, he/she’ll die before completing it.

There is a pyramid of power amongst sorcerers, who start as Class C wizards, and climb up to Class A.
– Class C (spells of Level 1 and 2);
– Class B (spells of Level 3 and 4);
– Class A (spells of Level 5 and 6);

For each Class there corresponds a symbol, which you can see in the images of this post.magia - class A
Theses symbols were created by the Pioneers, the first Sorcerers, amongst whom was Tiago, brother of Sekhmet Júlio.

There one thing about Magic usage that is very true: it is stronger at night, and its intensity and accuracy vary according to the moon’s cycle. It may come as no surprise that the strongest is the Crescent Moon Cycle.

And this is about all I can tell you about the Magic inside “Angel Gabriel – Blood Bound”, without stepping into some spoilers. Hope you enjoyed this and please come back soon for more curious tidbits and news about the launch of the ebook.

Until tomorrow (April 30th), I’ll be hosting a contest in which anyone can win a free copy of my ebook in portuguese. If you want, you can join in. Go here!)


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Vampires in AG-BB

For a while now, I’ve thought about writing a post about the Vampires in my novel, considering they’re such a big part of it. From the synopsis, you can guess there are vampires and wizards, but that’s not all and, most important, not all vampires are alike.

So I’ll start with a little introduction: In “Angel Gabriel – Blood Bound” the story kicks off in the year 2175, but throughout the novel there’s one date I mention often: January 1st of 2010, the day the vampires revealed themselves to the world. But even before that, there were other beings that, later on, would turn humans into vampires.

ImmortalThe first one is Cornivar, the Immortal. His age is unknown, he physically resembles a normal human-being and he has the same strength as one. The only difference is he can’t be killed. Cornivar is the only one of his kind and he was the one who created the Primordials, although he is usually referred to as one of the Primordials, considering how little humans know about him. Humans are only sure of one thing: he’s the leader of the vampires.

Primordial

Primordials, are twelve humans who were transformed by the Immortal. They possess super-strength, are very resilient and have unparalleled healing abilities. They do not need blood to survive, although they like to drink it and have sharp fangs to facilitate that. Primordials eject a paralyzing venom when they bite a victim.
They can withstand the sunlight, though they are essentially nocturnal creatures. They can only be killed if their heart is destroyed.

Sekhmets, are humans that were transformed into vampires by the Primordials. All, without exception, were turned on the night of January 1st of 2010. Sekhmets need human blood to survive, and they can be killed in one of three ways: Destroying their hearts, which belong to their respective Primordials (this is further explained in the novel); prolonged exposure to sunlight; blood deprivation.
sekhmetThey possess super-strength, are super-fast and are capable of accelerated regeneration. They also eject venom, like the Primordials. Usually they prefer to kill with their hands, so they let their nails grow until they turn into almost claws. Their power varies according to which Primordial turned them.

Side-note: The name comes from Egyptian mythology, where Sekhmet is the Goddess of war and disease. Legend says that Ra (Sun God) created Sekhmet to punish humans for their sins. Sekhmet killed so many of them that she became addicted to their blood, and when Ra tried to stop the massacre, it was too late. So he made a beverage that was the colour of blood and inebriated the goddess, which was then sated and stopped the carnage.

Vampires are humans whose blood was drained and who were then Vampirerevived by either another Vampire or a Sekhmet. Their strength is much more inferior then that of Sekhmets, and the lower in the creation-chain they are to Sekhmets, the weaker they become. Some have just about the same strength as a human-being, with the added bonus of having fangs.
They need blood constantly and can’t stand the light of day, so they can be killed with relative ease, either by sun, decapitation, the destruction of their hearts or blood loss.
If a Wizard turns into a Vampire, it is possible for him to bring along some of the remaining magic and therefore be granted a special ability.

These are the three species of blood-suckers that roam the many pages of my novel “Angel Gabriel – Blood Bound”. In many things they are different from the usual vampires, especially if you’re used to Dracula & Co.

So, does this sound interesting?
Do you have any questions?
Do you like the idea?

Don’t be afraid to ask. I don’t bite, promise!

So leave your comments because next week I’ll be talking about the Magic in “Angel Gabriel – Blood Bound”. Another interesting topic, don’t you agree?


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Choose a Cover

You can say that I find it hard to make a decision, but truth is I actually like to hear what other people think. So this time I’ll be asking you to help me choose the best cover for “Angel Gabriel – Blood Bound“.

I did dozens of cover studies and not all of them reached this point, but I still have many to choose from and I’d like you to help me narrow it down. What is a beautiful cover to me, might not be for you, so I always like to have other pairs of eyes on the matter. What I want to know is which (if any) grabs your attention. Which pulls you in straight away.
I have 10 cover designs + two double covers (one would be for the English publication, and another for the Portuguese one, if any of these is the most voted on).

Please remember that these are studies, not the final covers, and therefore the end result might be slightly different.
Without further ado, herr are the covers:

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The Cover duos! These were drawn to be a pair. I thought it would be fun to draw a cover for the English version and one for the Portuguese, while maintaining a theme/style consistent in both.
Of course I can also choose two completely different covers from the group above, but I thought this idea was interesting enough to try out.

AG BB duo cover 01aAG BB duo cover 01b
AG BB duo cover 02b
AG BB duo cover 02a

And now the pool is open! You can vote in up to three covers and, if you like, please leave a comment. Should you feel that a certain colour isn’t doing the trick, or that a type of font is wrong, or any other suggestions, please comment on this post. And, should you not like any of the choices, please let me know why you think that is. It could also happen that you like them all. 🙂
So here are all the covers, numbered, and bellow is the pool for you to vote in.

angel gabriel blood bound - miniature covers


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Nanozine 8

Although not related to my writing, this has everything to do with my upcoming novel, “Angel Gabriel – Blood Bound“.
In fanzine Nanozine 8, on pages 39 and 40, I published two illustrations, depicting three characters from “Angel Gabriel – Blood Bound“: Cornivar, Aaralyn and Omniua.

nanozine 8

Beware that this issue of Nanozine is dedicated to erotica, and therefore my illustrations contain nudity, but are not explicit. Please feel free to download it and skip to pages 39 and 40 to see both illustrations (or if you read portuguese, please read the whole issue it’s worth it!).

Cornivar and Aaralyn

Although the fanzine is only available in portuguese, the illustrations stand on their own and the only text present is a synopsis for my upcoming novel (the same you can read here).

Omniua

I really like how the colours came out and hope you enjoy both illustrations.


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1st Chapter from my Fantasy Novel

For a few months now, I’ve been working on the final revisions for my fantasy novel, “Angel Gabriel – Blood Bound“.
While I prepare to launch the ebook in the first trimester of 2013, I decided to make the first chapter of this novel available for everyone. To read it, go HERE or click on the image bellow:

1st chapter

I hope you enjoy it, and please leave your feedback. Soon I’ll have news about “Angel Gabriel – Blood Bound” so stay tuned.

In the meantime, here’s the synopsis:

165 years ago, Gabriel wouldn’t believe if anyone told him that 13 people would be enough to bring human kind to near extinction. Less yet, would he believe, that this would be possible, in part, due to his help. But what we believe isn’t always real.

Angel was born in an underground refugee where humans pray to the sun and fear the moon, where magic replaced firearms and silence is the best protection against the predators: vampires.

Both are more focused on their own survival than in the world that’s about to collapse, but when a curse forces them to a mutual agreement, their own survival won’t be their only problem. Will they be able to find equilibrium, or will they die in disagreement?

Note: You can also read the 1st chapter in portuguese, here.


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First Page

Hello!
My name is Ana C. Nunes, I’ve been writing novels, graphic novels and short stories for more than 10 years. Now, I’m about to publish my first ebook, “The Last Supper – A Christmas Tale of Horror“, a short story and, in 2013, I’ll be releasing a full novel in ebook format, called “Angel Gabriel – Blood Bound“.

But I’ve also been published in the traditional medium. A graphic novel I wrote, called “Just My Luck“, was published in newspaper Barcelos Popular (2006-2007), my short-story “Electro-Dependency” was published in the anthology “Lisbon in the Year 2000”  by Saída de Emergência Editions (2013) and my other short-story “Abnormal” will be published in the anthology “Fantastic Erotica – volume 2” by Draco Editions (2013).

I write in two languages: Portuguese and English, and I have a blog for each. To see my post in Portuguese, you can visit THIS BLOG.

This blog will be the place for me to bring news about my writing and publishing, and also to talk about the books I read and love, and other things.
Hope you’ll tag around to see what’s coming.

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